August 22, 2006
Rattlers freed in “Snakes on a Plane” theater prank
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Life imitating art is all very well.
Unless, that is, it's a movie about deadly snakes on the
Movie chain AMC Entertainment Inc. said pranksters at one
of its Phoenix theaters released two live diamondback
rattlesnakes during a showing of the film "Snakes on a Plane"
last Friday. No one was injured.
AMC spokeswoman Melanie Bell said, "One was found in the
parking lot during the show, and the other in the movie
theater. They were both removed, and no one was harmed."
The snakes were later released in the desert.
Bell had no further details.
The movie stars Samuel L. Jackson, and spins a yarn about a
crate-load of escaped snakes that run amok on an airline
flight, attacking passengers and crew.
"There were kids at the show, and it was actually very
reckless," Russ Johnson, the president of the Phoenix
Herpetological Society told Reuters.
"The snakes' bite carries a powerful venom that could have
seriously injured someone," he added.